10 alcohol-free beers that don’t suck, just in time for summer

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Believe it or not, there are some non-alcoholic beers out there that aren’t bad. Trust us, we find this statement as hard to believe as you. Alcohol-free beers have long been vilified for being tasteless or, worse yet, tasting really bad to the point of undrinkable. But times have changed and breweries have started to take their alcohol-free offerings much more seriously than in the past, recognizing that there are many people who enjoy the “beer experience” without the beer buzz. .

Before we dive in, it should be noted that almost all “alcohol-free” beers are not “alcohol-free”. Most non-alcoholic beers have 0.5 percent or less ABV. We could find out how alcohol is removed from beer and the science behind it … if we had a day or two to chat. For now, just know that 0.00 percent real non-alcoholic beer is very rare.

Let’s dive into ten alcohol-free beers that are pretty darn palatable and deliver the vibes of beer without sacrificing flavor or satisfaction. If you want to try any of them for yourself, just click on the price links.

Erdinger Weissbier alcohol-free

Privatbrauerei Erdinger Weißbräu Werner Brombach GmbH

ABV:

Average price: $ 10.99 (pack of six)

Beer:

This is a classic German wheat beer made from malted barley, malted wheat, hops, yeast and water with a touch of added carbonation. Beer is also designed to be a post-workout sip (seriously). Beer is built with vitamin B9 and a touch of sodium which makes it quite isotonic.

Tasting Notes:

You are greeted with a clear sense of creamy wheat and light fruit, flowers and bottled honey. There is a slight hint of green grass with a hint of savory herbs alongside a touch of rye bread and crisp citrus. The overall texture is still very robust with a slight finesse thanks to the green grass, flowers and herbaceous notes.

Conclusion:

It’s probably the easiest beer to crush on the list, especially on a hot day. It is also my favorite non-alcoholic beer. You only really notice it’s non-alcoholic beer after the second half liter when no buzz comes in.

Lagunitas IPNA

Heineken International

ABV:

Average price: $ 10.69 (pack of six)

Beer:

This nifty alcohol-free IPA consists of amplifying the hops to bring the big flavor notes to the fore. The beer is made with a classic beer mash of barley, yeast and water. It is then dry hopped with a blend of Yakima Valley hops including Citra, Mosaic, Columbus, Tomahawk and Zeus hops.

Tasting Notes:

Like Lagunitas IPA, this balances the malted caramel base well with a moist, slightly fruity / floral hop luminosity. There’s a clear, bitter moisture with orchard blossoms alongside a dry straw that’s counterbalanced by a rich, malty caramel body.

Conclusion:

The sip is much thinner than the classic Lagunitas IPA, but still packs a nice, tasty punch.

Beck’s alcohol-free

Anheuser-Busch InBev

ABV: 0.3%

Average price: $ 8.99 (pack of six)

Beer:

Beck’s German pilsner is a fairly classic, albeit very standard, German lager. Their alcohol-free version maintains traditional German pilsner traditions while eliminating alcohol.

Tasting Notes:

It has a beautiful straw nature that draws you in. There’s an easy dose of bitter yet floral hop that just touches a piney scent. The malts are more prominent and lean towards a note of bread with a hint of sweetness.

Conclusion:

Ah, good old Beck’s Blue. It looks more like a Beck’s Light than a non-alcoholic beer. It’s super refreshing and super easy to drink on a hot day while still feeling like a light lager. What more could you want?

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Alkoholfrei

Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

ABV:

Average price: $ 12.99 (pack of six)

Beer:

This is a classic German wheat beer made with simple ingredients. Beer is also very mouth-watering when you look at the calories, with 74 calories in a half-liter bottle. The same Weihenstephaner wheat beer with 5.4 percent BAC has 215 calories for the same size bottle.

Tasting Notes:

There is a bright citrus note with lots of herbaceous flowers right on the nose. A hint of banana and cloves lurks in the background while a touch of salted seltzer water runs through the creamy and wheaten malt.

Conclusion:

The Germans really know how to get out of the park with their alcohol-free wheat beers. This list could only have been alcohol-free wheat beers from Germany if you can get them all in the United States. Either way, another one of those beers you probably won’t even notice is alcohol-free, especially when drinking it on a hot summer day. (Unless, of course, you’re chasing a buzz.)

Clausthaler dry hopped alcohol free

Dr Oetker

ABV: 0.45%

Average price: $ 8.99 (pack of six)

Beer:

Clausthaler is an old-fashioned alcohol-free beer that still delivers on its promises. German beer kind of changed the game back then by doing dry hopping with Cascade hops to really amplify the beer body.

Tasting Notes:

You are greeted with a mix of dry and wet hops, caramel malts and a touch of lemon oil. The malts really are the highlight as they add a rye creaminess alongside the caramel sweetness as the hops take a step back and fade to a slight bitterness.

Conclusion:

It’s still perfectly fine for what it is. It’s also to the east to find, which is a nice advantage.

Brooklyn Special Effects Hoppy Amber Alcohol Free

Brooklyn Brewery

ABV: 0.4%

Average price: $ 10.99 (pack of six)

Beer:

This alcohol-free craft beer is all about the taste. Instead of removing the alcohol after the beer is brewed, Brooklyn uses a special fermentation that extracts the flavors without converting all the sugars into alcohol. The beer is then dry hopped with Citra and Amarillo hops to really amplify those beer notes.

Tasting Notes:

The beer opens with a light atmosphere of lager beer. There is a balance between floral and slightly lemony hops and caramelized malts. The beer has a light, slightly dry and effervescent touch. The best descriptor for this is that it is “clean”. It has that pure taste of malts, hops and bubbly that work well together.

Conclusion:

It’s pretty light but still looks like a crushable beer. There is a real body there and you know you drink beer.

Heineken 0.0

Heineken International

ABV: 0%

Average price: $ 10.49 (pack of six)

Beer:

It is the only true “alcohol-free” beer on the list and one of only 0.0 mass-produced in the world. The beer is brewed twice with the typical Heineken blend of barley, yeast, water and hops. Then they use a vacuum distillation process to remove all the alcohol while leaving the frothy beer behind.

Tasting Notes:

It doesn’t really taste like classic Heineken. There is a slightly floral note that leads to an almost harsh seltzer vibe that has been touched by malts and hops. Malts have a grain of cereal (dried corn perhaps) that leads to a bitter hop note – enough to remind you that this is still a beer.

Conclusion:

It looks a lot more like a beer flavored hard seltzer than a beer. That being said, it is a very drinkable and truly alcohol-free beer.

Athletic Brewing Run Wild IPA

Sports brewery

ABV: 0.5%

Average price: $ 10.99 (pack of six)

Beer:

Athletic Brewing is focused on making quality non-alcoholic beers. Their IPA is made with malts and oats from the United States and Germany. The beer is then fortified with hops from the Pacific Northwest, adding a classic West Coast IPA vibe to the sip.

Tasting Notes:

There is a nice matrix of citrus punch with grapefruit, orange and lime mingling together. The taste has a caramelized malty base that serves as the base for the bitterness of citrus and slightly moist hops. Beer has a rare body weight for non-alcoholic beers.

Conclusion:

This is one of those beers that you could blind serve to a beer drinker and they would never guess it was the alcohol-free choice. It’s pretty close to the real alcohol-filled deal and serves as a solid but standard IPA.

Paulaner Weizen Radler

Schörghuber Unternehmensgruppe

ABV:

Average price: $ 10.99 (pack of six)

Beer:

This beer is made with a base of classic German wheat beer of malted wheat and barley, yeast, water and Herkules hops. This beer is then cut with a lemon-lime-orange soda to make a radler. This adds a little sugar to the mixture but reduces ABV even more.

Tasting Notes:

It’s pure lemon soda with a rim of wheat beer. The hops are an afterthought as the sweet, breaded malts lean towards a hint of cloves and bananas while the soda creates a smooth, ultra-refreshing presence throughout the sip.

Conclusion:

It’s a refreshing and sparkling lemonade with a touch of beer malt. It’s a summer crusher through and through.

Grüvi Stout

Grüvi

ABV:

Average price: $ 9.99 (pack of four)

Beer:

This dry Irish stout has been formulated to bring deep, bold flavors to an alcohol-free beer experience. The brew is made with deep roasted barley and chocolate malts and then hopped to add that old-fashioned Irish stout.

Tasting Notes:

You encounter notes of dried almond, rich honey and espresso bean bitterness. The body of this beer is much closer to a sparkling and light Guinness export than the creamy nitro-infused stouts that most people drink. There is a distinct impression of bitter dark chocolate, honey roasted nuts and lightly dried tobacco leaves.

Conclusion:

Not all non-alcoholic beers have to be light lagers or lagers. This stout is the only one I’ve sampled that even comes close to the real thing. It’s definitely lighter than most craft stouts, making it a viable summer choice, but it still packs a pretty big punch of flavor.


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